The drama that is taking place in Wisconsin again highlights the conflict that is seems to be causing problems for our governing process on local and federal levels. People complain about the inability of their elected officials to work in a bipartisan manner, yet it seems that it is the short-sighted individuals that are too often elected. While I believe that the interests of big money interests are mainly to blame for getting people like the Wisconsin governor elected, David Brooks’s article puts forward the issue that a lack of modesty is the source of the problem. Some people have a such a high opinion of themselves that they fail to take into considerations the needs or feelings of other, rather like General Bullmoose. If he is right, how can we as a culture emphasize the importance of the community before it is too late? If George Washington had this arrogant temperament, the United States might well have had a monarchy. My Tree of Failure post in January provides more on this topic.